Milton A. MacDonald ’49

Milton Augustus MacDonald ’49 died on March 18, 2020 in Houlton, Maine. 

(The following was posted by Dunn Funeral Home on March 18, 2020)

Milton Augustus MacDonald “Mac”, 94, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Madigan Estates in Houlton. He was born June 16, 1925, in Portland, the son of Ella (Cushman) MacDonald.

Mac spent most of his childhood in Portland, later completing high school in Vermont. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during WWII, as an aviation cadet. Upon his discharge, he attended and graduated from Bowdoin College, earning a bachelor’s degree in business. On November 23, 1954, he married his beloved Sarah Crowell and together they would raise four children. He earned his master’s degree in education from Rutgers University, New Jersey. He would teach English, and upon moving to Massachusetts became a guidance counselor.

Mac was a sports enthusiast, spending much of his life in New England he followed their teams, his favorite being the Red Sox. He especially enjoyed college football and was a longtime Penn State fan. He loved playing golf and tennis well into his 80s. Over the years he taught youth tennis and swimming lessons at the various community centers. He belonged to Veterans of America, the American Legion and was a Master in the Masonic Lodge. Mac’s faith was such an integral part of who he was. He was passionate about serving the Lord in both time and service, participating on many boards and committees in the Episcopal churches he attended.

He is survived by his four children: Hollie McPartland and her husband, Jim, of Linneus, Darnell LaRosa and her husband, Paul, of Ohio, Gail MacDonald of Houlton, Bradford MacDonald of New Hampshire, five grandchildren: Andrew McPartland and his wife, Megan, of New Limerick, Amie Belyea and her husband, Matt, of Houlton, Rebecca Pitts of Pittsfield, MA, Casey Irvine of New York, NY, Samantha Metzlar of New York, three great granddaughters: Lidia, Madilyn, and Charli. He also leaves behind his second wife, Joanne Penzien-MacDonald, and her family of Michigan. In addition to his mother, he was predeceased by his wife, Sarah “Sallie” MacDonald, in 2000. He valued his family and was a constant inspiration to each.

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